German police use water, pepper spray to quell anti-G20 riot in Hamburg

Thousands of protesters gathered in Hamburg to protest Friday's G20 summit. Police used water cannons and pepper spray to quell the riot.
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Clashes broke out on Thursday between the German police and thousands of demonstrators from around Europe who gathered in Hamburg ahead of Friday's G20 summit.

The anti-capitalist protest was dubbed "G20: Welcome To Hell." Its participants accused the organization of failing to resolve issues concerning world peace.

Police had to use water cannons and pepper spray to disperse the protest, which turned violent after masked protesters set fires in the streets and threw stones at police officers.

"I came here because in general I'm totally against the G20 summit," Nicklas, 21, told CNN. "It's the root cause for what's going wrong in the world. Wars can be bad but capitalism kills."

Founded in 1999, the G20 includes the European Union and 19 countries, which account for approximately 80% of global GDP. They meet annually to discuss topics such as climate change, terrorism and migration.

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